Yoga Camel Pose - Ustrasana

Yoga Camel Pose - Ustrasana
by Sonia Sharma | July 24, 2012


The yoga camel pose is categorized as an intermediate level backbend yoga asana. The camel pose is an excellent front body stretch posture and is a great way to enhance your spinal flexibility. Since the camel yoga pose is classified as an intermediate level yoga asana, it should only be attempted once all the beginner yoga poses have been adequately mastered. You can also take help from a qualified yoga teacher to ensure that you are performing the camel pose sequence in the correct way.

To prevent injuries and muscle strains perform the dhanurasana, bhujangasana, supta virasana, urdhva mukha svanasana and setu bandha as preparatory poses before you attempt the yoga camel pose. 

Step by Step Instructions

Follow these step by step guidelines to perform the yoga camel pose sequence!

  1. Position yourself on the yoga mat in a seated position by coming up onto your knees.
  2. Bring your arms to the sides of your body. Now reach backwards with each hand as you pull back to grab your heels.
  3. Push your hips forwards so that they are positioned over the knees.
  4. Let your head fall back, stretching your throat and neck.
  5. Maintain the camel pose for at least 30 seconds to one minute. You can also add extra padding beneath your knees if they are sensitive to pressure.

Health Benefits

The camel pose has a plethora of wonderful health benefits!

  1. Acts as a stimulant for the abdominal organs and the neck.
  2. An excellent pose for improving posture.
  3. Stretches and strengthens the back muscles and abdominal muscles.
  4. Stretches the ankles, thighs and groin.
  5. An excellent pose for stretching the front of the body.

Things to Remember!

Individuals with blood pressure problems, migraine, lower back injuries, neck injuries or insomnia should refrain from attempting the yoga camel pose. Enlist the help of a qualified yoga teacher who can suggest appropriate modifications for the camel pose according to the severity of your condition.

About the Author - Sonia Sharma

I am presently functioning as a Yoga instructor for Fitness republic where I can continue feeding my yoga passion everyday in a different format through my writing and make people able to develop their personality at all levels – physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual. And yes I am always open to feedback and suggestions.

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